John Norris is launching his campaign for governor this weekend, touring the state on a six-day, 20-stop journey. It’ll be the culmination of months of preparation, and he’s expected to be a serious contender in the primary, in part thanks to his significant experience in Iowa politics and government. Norris was Tom Vilsack’s chief of staff, is a past chair of the IDP and served at USDA, among many, many other important roles.

The tour starts in Red Oak, where Norris grew up (also home to Joni Ernst). He’s put a particular emphasis on rebuilding the economy in rural Iowa in his early messaging efforts.

Norris has begun pitching a set of progressive policy ideas for his campaign, and he’s built up a unique early coalition to support his candidacy. Vilsack encouraged him to run, and he has Bernie Sanders’ former state director working on his campaign.

Here’s the list of events Norris is holding this week, from a press release sent out:

Saturday, July 8
5:00-7:00pm
John Norris campaign launch in Red Oak
Norris Family Farm, 2479 B Avenue, Red Oak, IA

Sunday, July 9
4:00-6:30pm
John Norris Kickoff & Pot Luck Picnic
Living History Farms, 11121 Hickman Road, Urbandale, IA

Monday, July 10
8:00-9:15am
Storm Lake: Discussion on Iowa Values
King’s Pointe, 1520 E Lakeshore Drive, Storm Lake, IA

10:30am
Sioux City: Discussion on Senior Care
Siouxland Center for Active Generations, 313 Cook Street, Sioux City

11:30am-1:00pm
Sioux City: Lunch Discussion on Iowa Values
The Blue Café, 1301 Pierce Street, Sioux City, IA

2:00-3:00pm
Sioux Center: Clean Water: An Iowa Birthright
Fruited Plain Cafe, 172 N. Main Ave, Sioux Center, IA

5:30-6:30pm
Spencer: Discussion on Iowa Values
The Bear Coffeehouse, 24 West Park Street, Spencer, IA

7:15-8:00pm
Emmetsburg: Discussion on Iowa Values
The Shores at Five Island, 14 N Lawler Street, Emmetsburg, IA

Tuesday, July 11
8:00-9:30am
Mason City: Healthcare is a Right
Village Court Family Restaurant, 687 S Taft Ave, Mason City, IA

10:30-11:30am
New Hampton: Revitalizing Our Rural Economy
Klunder’s Kafe, 929 W. Milwaukee, New Hampton, IA

12:15-1:45pm
Waterloo: Discussion on Small Businesses
Rodney’s Kitchen, 624 Sycamore Street,  Waterloo, IA

5:30-7:00pm
Cedar Rapids: Our Fight for a Livable Wage
RWDSU — Central States Council, 526 F Avenue N.W., Cedar Rapids, IA

Wednesday, July 12
9:45-10:45am
Washington: Revitalizing Our Rural Economy
Cafe Dodici, 120 S. Iowa Ave, Washington, IA

11:30am-1:00pm
Mount Pleasant: Discussion on Iowa Values
Sip Coffeehouse, 120 S. Main St., Ste. 107, Mount Pleasant, IA

2:00-3:00pm
Keokuk: Making Education a Priority Again
Hawkeye Restaurant, 105 N. Park Dr., Keokuk, IA

6:45-8:00pm
Burlington: Discussion on Iowa Values (Democratic Central Committee meeting)
IBEW Hall, 1205 Central Avenue, Burlington, IA

Thursday, July 13
10:00-11:00am
Davenport: Making Education a Priority Again
Hosted by People Uniting Neighbors and Churches (PUNCH)
First Baptist Church, 1401 N. Perry Street, Davenport, IA

12:00-1:30pm
DeWitt: John Norris at the Clinton County Fair
(Clinton County Democratic Party booth)
328 E 8th St, DeWitt, IA

2:00-3:00pm
Maquoketa: Discussion on Iowa Values
Maquoketa Public Library (Community Room), 126 S. 2nd Street, Maquoketa, IA

4:30-6:00pm
Dubuque: Discussion on Iowa Values
The Smokestack, 62 East 7th Street, Dubuque, IA

 

by Pat Rynard
Posted 7/8/17

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